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INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

The Story Structure Countdown: How Different ‘Experts’ Say You Should Structure a Story

The Story Structure Countdown Lots of people have come up with lots of ways to map, chart, categorize, name and formulate story patterns and structures. (also see my Comparative Narrative Story … Continue reading

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Study Tips for Sullen Teens of Any Age

A high schooler of my acquaintance was recently complaining that she “didn’t know how to study”. I didn’t realize until after I’d helpfully prepared this handy tip-sheet that she was … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

5 Research Steps Before You Write Your Book Proposal (from Jane Friedman)

Step 1. Explore and understand competing titles. Step 2. Research the non-book landscape. Step 3. Study the authors and influencers you’ve found. Step 4. Pinpoint your primary market. Step 5. Analyze how … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Turn It Up, Over and Out at the LA Writers Clinic: Aug. 16 & Sept. 6

Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your book, script or pitch at any stage of the process: * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft * Can’t find the funny * Strategic re-alignment … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Latest Data on Self-Publishing and e-Books for Indie Authors (via AuthorEarnings.com)

Hugh Howey’s “7k Report” will blow your mind with data about the publishing market. As always, genres rules sales, but read this detailed report about market-share for indie, self-published and … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

28 Tips for Pitching

For tips on what to pitch, see 6 Elements to Include in Your Pitch, then… 1. Use bullet points for things you absolutely have to include. (No more than a … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Step Away from the Deck Chairs: 4 Different Kinds of Rewrites

When writers send me a rough draft of a book or script for notes, they really really want me to tell them all they have to do is rearrange some … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

8 Kinds of People Who Can Give You Feedback on Your Draft

I highly recommend that you have every draft (including rewrites) read by a spectrum of readers that include at least 3 of these categories: Someone enthusiastic and supportive who will … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Track Publishing Trends (or anything – or anyone – else!) in Published Books

Meet Ngram, an intriguing data-mining device from Google that charts the relative citation of any words or phrases in all books published (that are in the Google database). Enter your … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comedy Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

TV Calling’s latest take on which comedy scripts are best to spec strategically. Read all at: http://www.tv-calling.com/comedy-spec-script-2014-what-is-hot-and-what-is-not/

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drama Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

Excellent industry update including circa 2014… – Over-specced (shows that have passed their prime, try to avoid doing them) – Mainstream (shows that have matured enough that they have become … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Collaborating with a Writing Partner – including a Sample Letter of Agreement

I love collaborating and I’ve done it a lot. When writing partnerships are working well you get: More fun Geometric Creativity Built-in 2nd opinion When they’re not working well you … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment
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